Creating Digital Citizens

The educator prepares students to be safe and responsible users of technology.
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About this Micro-credential

Key Method

The educator plans and implements mini-lessons to model and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology.

Method Components

21st-century students have a world of information at their fingertips. Further, they are armed with tools to communicate with others across the globe, as well as publish their own content. With all of this access to information and ability to communicate, collaborate, and share comes the responsibility of conducting one’s online life in an ethical, legal, and safe manner. As an educator, you can and should help guide your students responsibly traverse the digital world.

The first step in creating lessons which model safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology is to understand the various facets of digital citizenship. Then, armed with this information, it becomes possible to share it in a student-friendly format.

Educators will follow this three-step process to learn about and then share the fundamentals of good digital citizenship with students.

Step 1

Using the resources in both the research and resources sections, explore the nine aspects of digital citizenship. They include:

  1. Digital Etiquette: an introduction to the basic rules and norms of the online world.
  2. Digital Communication: how to properly communicate with others online, across various platforms.
  3. Digital Literacy: how to learn from digital sources and how to tell fact from opinion and truth from fiction.
  4. Digital Access: developing an understanding and appreciation for those with different levels of access to technology, within the classroom, the school, the community and the world.
  5. Digital Commerce: how to responsibly consume things in the digital world.
  6. Digital Law: how (and why) to avoid copyright infringement, pirating, and plagiarism online.
  7. Digital Rights and Responsibilities: what freedom of speech and freedom of the press mean in a digital world.
  8. Digital Health and Wellness: awareness of issues such as screen addition and texting/tweeting while driving.
  9. Digital Security: cyberbullying prevention.

Step 2

Locate at least two additional online resources which you have used to better understand digital citizenship.

Step 3

Design at least three research-based mini-lessons in which you are able to model best practices in digital citizenship. These mini-lessons should encourage students to:

  • Become responsible users of the Internet.
  • Understand the ethical considerations of content creation and digital communication.
    • Create a positive digital profile and use technology for positivity rather than negativity.

Research & Resources

Supporting Research

  • Ribble, Mike S., Gerald D. Bailey, and Tweed W. Ross. “Digital Citizenship: Addressing Appropriate Technology Behavior.” Learning and Leading with Technology 32.1 (2004): 7-11. ISTE. Web. 19 Mar. 2016.


Submission Requirements

Submission Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria

To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a passing evaluation for Parts 1 and 3, as well as a “Yes” for Part 2.

Part 1. Overview questions

(400-word limit for each question)

  • Which aspect of digital citizenship were you most comfortable sharing with your students? Was this a concept you were already familiar with? Give a brief overview of how that mini-lesson was formatted, as well as your feelings on how the students reacted to the lesson.
  • Which aspect of digital citizenship were you least comfortable sharing with your students? Was this a new concept for you? Give a brief overview of how that mini-lesson was formatted, as well as your feelings on how the students reacted to the lesson. What would you change next time?

Part 2. Evidence/artifacts

Submit evidence of one mini-lesson you created to prepare students for safe and responsible technology use. The evidence must include at least two additional resource citations used to design the lesson. The evidence can be any of the following (one, not all).

  1. A written lesson plan.
  2. An attached presentation.
  3. A web activity.
  4. A video of the lesson in action.

Part 3. Reflection

(250-word limit)

  • What surprised you most about what your students already knew or did not know about digital citizenship?

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